Charity show raises funds for Acorns

A wrestling show has helped to raise much needed funds for a Black Country charity.

Wrestling For started as a one-off show to raise funds for children suffering with epilepsy in the Black Country, but the success of that show persuaded the promoter Alex Talbot and his team to put on more shows for a range of good causes.

Benjamins in Halesowen was the venue for the latest show on Friday, November 1, with over 160 people in attendance to enjoy a full night of wrestling and over £1,000 raised for Acorns Children's Hospice.

Alex Talbot explained why they had picked Acorns as the charity for the show.

He said: "We picked Acorns as the charity for tonight because of the 'Save the Black Country hospital' appeal.

"They need to raise over £2 million over the next two years to keep the Black Country hospital open and without that hospital, there are so many children that will go without that care that they so desperately need.

"To uproot the kids is a big deal, especially with the illnesses they have, as they could lose that lifeline to getting help, so they need to have this place kept open."

The wrestlers on the show, all of whom had volunteered their services for free to perform on the show, were a mixture of young, upcoming talent and some established names in the British Wrestling scene, such as Grand Champion Dan Moloney and Millie McKenzie, both of whom have appeared on WWE television.

Alex Talbot spoke about the show and what people could expect from it, as well as praising the venue for all their help.

He said: "We try and cater for every audience, so it's a very family friendly show because we want the families through the door, but the die-hard wrestling fans will not be disappointed with the quality of stars we've got on.

"We're very lucky with the roster we have that donate their time to us and they're great guys, so you'll see a mixture of comedy, a mixture of seriousness, there's going to be highs and lows and cheers and boos.

"Benjamins have been brilliant as they advertise for us and they're really rooting for us to do well.

"They let us come in the day before to set up, as well as providing the room as a donation to us, so we're really grateful for what they do for us."

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